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Long Life Noodles

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)
Any type of noodle—thin chow mein noodles to broad rice noodles to the thicker Shanghai wheat noodles—is a must at Chinese New Year's. However, long noodles represent a long unbroken life (so cutting them into shorter strands would symbolically shorten your life). Pull out your largest skillet or wok because this Asian recipe creates a full pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Asian-style wheat noodles
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 6 ounces boneless pork tenderloin cut into 2 x 1/4–inch julienne strips
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 cups chopped napa (Chinese) cabbage
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 cups (1-inch) slices green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 164
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 5 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 9.3 g
  • carbohydrate 19.6 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • cholesterol 14 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 550 mg
  • calcium 36 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting fat and salt. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Set aside.

  2. Combine wine, hoisin sauce, and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add pork; stir to coat. Cover and let stand 10 minutes.

  3. Combine dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, low-sodium soy sauce, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk; set mixture aside.

  4. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add cabbage to pan; stir-fry 2 minutes. Transfer cabbage to a bowl.

  5. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in pan. Add garlic; stir-fry 10 seconds or until fragrant. Add pork mixture; stir-fry 3 minutes or until done. Add pork mixture to bowl with cabbage.

  6. Wipe pan clean with paper towels; return to heat. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add reserved noodles; stir-fry 1 minute. Add onions and soy sauce mixture to pan; stir-fry 1 minute. Add pork mixture; stir to combine. Cook 1 minute or until hot.